Born in 15 May, 1987 in Scotland, Andy Murray is currently Britain's highest-ranked tennis player, peaking at number two in August 2009. His most notable achievements are reaching the US Open final (2008) and the Australian Open final (2010), losing to Roger Federer
both times. He became the first British Open era player in 2008 to win five ATP tournaments in one year.
Because he is one of the more recognisable tennis players of this generation, Murray often lends his likeness for tennis video games. This includes appearances in two of the most popular series, Virtua Tennis
and Top Spin
The Scot works with a team of fitness experts, with Miles Maclagan acting as his head coach. His older brother, Jamie Murray, is a professional doubles player.
Murray in Video Games
Andy Murray appears on Top Spin 3
, Virtua Tennis 2009
, and EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis
. In Top Spin 3, Murray has a particularly strong backhand, while in Virtua Tennis 2009, he is listed as being an all-rounder.
Murray's Tennis Career
Murray played on the Junior tour, winning the Boys' US Open title in 2004, before turning professional in 2005. He spent the next few years improving his ranking and becoming a regular in the world's top twenty.
Murray's breakthrough year began with tournament wins in Doha and Marseille, but did poorly in the first Grand Slam of the year in the Australian Open, losing in the first round.
Because clay was by far his weakest surface, Murray started working with former French Open runner-up Alex Corretja in an attempt to improve his results. This culminated in him reaching the third round at the French Open, his best performance up to this point. The clay court season was followed by a successful grass
-court one, which included reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. In the fourth round, he came back from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet in a spirited comeback.
Murray continued by winning the Cincinnati Masters, beating Novak Djokovic
in the final, but suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Lu-Yen Tsen of Taiwan. He bounced back from this by reaching the US Open final, besting Rafael Nadal
for the first time in his career in the semi-finals, but lost to Roger Federer in straight sets.
The Scot had a strong end to the year with wins in Madrid (to lift his second Masters shield) and in St. Petersburg, Russia. He closed out the year by reaching the semis of the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, losing to Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, and ending the year as the world number four.
Murray continued to establish himself as one of the most in-form players in the ATP circuit, crashing out in the fourth round of the Australian Open. He won an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament, defended his Doha title, and lifted the title at Rotterdam before reaching the final of the Indian Wells Masters and winning the Miami Masters shield. Working with Corretja again, Murray was more successful on clay this year, most notably reaching the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters and making his first appearance in the last eight at the French Open.
He went on to have a strong grass-court season in England, where he won Queen's and made it to the semis of Wimbledon, where he lost to Andy Roddick
, but despite keeping that form going into the hard-court season, which included a win at the Montreal Masters that saw his ranking elevate to a career-high of number two in the world, he was knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by Marin Cilic. Murray qualified for the renamed ATP World Tour Finals, but did not make it past the round-robin stage.
2010 saw Murray team with compatriot Laura Robson in the Hopman Cup at the start of the year, where they reached the final. At Flushing Meadows, he reached the final of the Australian Open, once again losing to Federer in his second Grand Slam final.
Best Performances at Grand Slams
- Australian Open - Final (2010)
- Roland Garros - Quarter-finals (2009)
- Wimbledon - Semi-finals (2009)
- US Open - Final (2008)